Belfast Telegraph

Technology firm set to create 100 big salary roles

By Clare Weir

Some 100 high-paid jobs have been announced for Belfast by a US IT firm.

The posts will contribute a total of £4m in salaries a year, which means that the salaries equate to £40,000 each.

Concentrix Technologies's Belfast operation will be based at Lanyon Place and the first staff are hoped to be in post by January next year.

Part of the international Fortune 500 company SYNNEX Corporation - which employs 8000 people globally - Concentrix Technologies provides advanced customer relationship management software which is used to manage inbound sales and customer care, outbound business to business sales and prospecting, acquisition and lifecycle management around the world.

Invest Northern Ireland has offered Concentrix Technologies £749,000 of support to secure the 100 job project.

Chris Caldwell, president at Concentrix Corporation said that with the firm's European operations service representing a fast growing, dynamic market, Northern Ireland was a main option for expansion.

"The support provided by Invest Northern Ireland, the strength of the ICT sector and the resources on offer make our decision an easy one," he said.

"We have already commenced recruitment at a range of levels - from graduate to highly experienced software professionals - and hope to have the first 20 developers in place by January 2013," he added.

Enterprise minister Arlene Foster added: "Having met with Concentrix during my recent trade and investment mission to San Francisco, I was able to hear precisely what the company's plans were for Northern Ireland.

"I am pleased that this project has come to fruition so quickly and that such high quality jobs have been secured for local people.

"These jobs will deliver in excess of £4m annually in salaries," she added.

"This is proof that Northern Ireland remains one of the most competitive in Europe for inward investors seeking talented people in a cost competitive location."

Northern Ireland - and Belfast in particular - is fast becoming a financial technology hub.

The city is now home to wings of the New York Stock Exchange, Chicago Mercantile Exchange and Citibank, as well as firms like Cowen International, Liberty IT and Fidessa.

In May, London firm Augentius Fund Administration also said it was to open premises in Northern Ireland.

Last week information technology company Allstate also confirmed it is to create up to 60 new jobs in Londonderry and Belfast.

The company already employs 400 people in Derry.

Providing a global software service for over 25 years

Concentrix operates from locations in Asia, Europe, Latin America, and the United States and in over 33 major languages. Under the ownership of NYSE Fortune 500 company SYNNEX Corporation, it has been running for over 25 years and provides business process services, mainly serving technology, consumer electronics, gaming, broadcast and social media firms. In essence it supplies software which can manage inbound sales and customer care to companies around the world. Clients include leading providers of software, services and solutions and leading global financial services companies.